Don't you think it's about time for all of us to admit that we're gigantic nerds? Sure, there are a few of us who have publically embraced it, but the day has finally come for the rest of us to shake off the stigma and come out of the closet. We love video games. We love sci-fi. We love technology. We're not very popular with women.
Well, lets not focus on that last one.
We dig knowledge, and why should we hide it? We can't help it if we're smarter than everyone. So, as part of my public allegiance to geekery, I have spent the last few weeks collecting as much information as possible about Crytek's latest innovation: the CryENGINE 3 And now I'm going to share it with my fellow super dorks.
The first thing that you need to know about Crytek's new engine is that it's powerful. Very powerful. In fact, at E3 last month, I sat down with Kirthy Iyer, one of the Field Application Engineers at Crytek, and he showed off a bit of its power.
"We don't like the idea that developers have to place an object, bake it, and then load up the map just to find out that it's not what they wanted," Iyer explained. See, the folks at Crytek are trying to change the way games are made. In the past, testing changes in the scenery required a lengthy rendering process after every minor change, but the CryENGINE 3 allows them to make all of those changes in real time. "There's no baking involved," Iyer continued. "Developers can jump in an out of development and gameplay in real time."
Now, I'm not quite willing to say that the CryENGINE 3 is an industry game changer, but if its real-time editor works like it seems to, developers who choose the CryENGINE will finish their games in half the time.
And just to speed up the process even more, Crytek has included an impressive toolkit that's tailored for almost every aspect of the project. It has a timeline editor for putting together quick time events and cut scenes. It's equipped with a dedicated vehicle creator and even a specific tool that's meant to create roads and rivers. CryENGINE 3 actually manages to take some of the weight off of developer's shoulders so they can concentrate on things like artistry and interactive storytelling.
But while all of those perks might make developers salivate, players really aren't very interested in how their favorite games are cobbled together. They only care about how they look and act when finished. Luckily, the CryENGINE 3 is sporting an impressive collection of next-gen graphical upgrades that utilize the power of DirectX 11. For instance, developers can now create scenery that's rendered using high dynamic range (HDR) technology, which adds a level of realism that hasn't been present in previous generations.